From the Capital Tonight morning memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will begin his day at 11 a.m. with an announcement at Madison Square Garden, specifically the Delta 360 Lounge, alongside MSG executives and performer Billy Joel.

Later tonight, Cuomo will then be heading to a fundraiser for his 56th birthday, alongside Joel, who is billed as a headlining performer.

Tickets to the fundraiser aren’t cheap: A table of ten and “VIP” passes run $50,000. The governor is holding a small-dollar donor incentive. Five donors who donated $5 will win a chance to attend the gala as well.

Still, for more than a few legislative sources yesterday the Joel birthday bash is a discordant note following the release of the 101-page Moreland Commission on Public Corruption’s preliminary report that skewered the culture of how policy, politics and money cross paths at the Capitol.

The report, without naming names, provided various illustrations of how lawmakers conceal the source of member items for favored community programs, how lobbyists and campaign contributors grease the wheels for the passage or blockage of certain bills and how political candidates are able to take advantage of notoriously high campaign donor limits.

A lot of this chicanery is perfectly legal, of course.

The report, too, focused exclusively on legislative malfeasance. That was to be expected, considering the governor had insisted he created the commission to probe the Legislature, and not conduct a cavity search of his own $28 million war chest.

And his allies on the commission agree.

Republican Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, who helped pen the seven-person dissent on public financing, told Liz in a wide-ranging interview on Capital Tonight Monday that it would be “a mockery” of the process if Cuomo himself was investigated.

“I think we’re making a mockery of this whole process if we try to pretend that a group of us that’s been appointed by the attorney general and the governor is investigating the attorney general or the governor,” Mahoney said in the interview. “So, I never subscribed to that notion to start with, and there has been no conversations inside the Moreland Commission to do anything other than address public corruption and these instances that are outlined in this report, which are all legislative.”